WRITER: MICHELLE MONCRIEFFE
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Dec. 3, 2001
Gilchrist to discuss bioterrorism at Dec.12 foreign relations council
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- National news reports have carried frightening stories
about anthrax in the last few weeks, but the insidious disease is not the
only biological threat to the world. Mary Gilchrist, director of the University
of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory, will speak on, "Bioterrorism -- a New Reality"
on Wednesday, Dec. 12 as part of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council lecture
series. The presentation is open to the public and begins at noon at the Rockwood
Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton Street, Iowa City.
As the threat of bioterrorism has more recently become a reality, Gilchrist's
advice has been sought on public health implications at local, national and
international levels. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Medical Microbiology
and currently serves as president of the Association of Public Health Laboratories.
Gilchrist is also a member of the Center for Disease Control's National Center
for Infectious Diseases, Board of Scientific Counselors. Gilchrist holds M.S.
and Ph.D. degrees in microbiology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Lunch will be provided and is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The
deadline to register for the event is noon Friday, Dec.7. Checks can be written
to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International
Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. Reservations cannot be made by phone but
last minute adjustments may be made. For more information, call ICFRC Executive
Director Tom Baldridge at (319) 335-0351.
For those unable to attend WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program on Friday,
Dec.14, following the noon news. The event is co-sponsored by UI International
Programs with additional support from Zenders and McDonald Optical Dispensary.
The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community
and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy,
world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group
provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year
who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.
ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices,
centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services.
Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs,
these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and
promote global scholarship, research and teaching.